Ancient Methods – Seventh Seal (Ancient Methods AM 07 – 2013)

The Bible story tells that Jericho fell on the seventh day after seven priests had blown their seven trumpets. The industrial techno engineer Trias, now a sole operator behind Ancient Methods, proclaims time has come for the “Seventh Seal”, which might carry some underlying symbolical meaning. For the time being, the further agenda of Medieval-minded yet prophetic sonic warrior is unknown but the seventh installment of Ancient Methods series is again dark as night, encompassing sounds difficult to match. It belongs to the set of records I have decided to buy without any pre-listening and, as expected, no regrets on […]

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Dino Sabatini meets Donato Dozzy – Journey Back To Ithaca (Outis Music Outis004 – 2013)

Release date is in July 2013 Travels in mythology continue on Dino Sabatini’s Outis when the label’s frontman teams up with fellow Italian Donato Dozzy for two trippy tracks inspired by the epic paths of Odysseus. In a convincing manner the sails are set for a home journey back to Ithaca.One might hear cyclopes hooting from distance when “Telemacus” follows up Sabatini’s recent shamanic paths combined with Dozzy’s rigid percussion programming. Jolty drum loops would fit to the Blackest Ever Black plate while another serving suggestion is “The Point”, a 1997 track by Surgeon & Vice. On the flip, like […]

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Headless Horseman – Headless Horseman 002 (HDL002 – 2013)

“Decapitation” is the best cure for the bored. The opener of the new Headless Horseman hits with cold-blooded synth swirl mounted on throbbing and kicking bass and sharp claps. A sinister and rampant techno cut and the most convincing achievement of the ghost of a Hessian trooper so far.Extra help is engaged in the dark dealings of “Graveyard” when Perc’s no-nonsense rework covers the place with the textures of booming industrial techno before the original “Graveyard” leads the cavalcade to the terminal point with half-stepping rhythm.In my view the necromantic connotations do not sound very creative here, but musically Headless […]

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NX1 – NX1 05 (NX105 – 2013)

Release date is in June 2013 NX1 is a two-man act consisting of Spanish producers Samot and Surit who proceed in impressive manner to the fifth installment of the NX1 series on the self-titled label.Creeping out of the night is bold and percussive “013”, where floating pads meet the track’s grim foundations. Pumping more fuel to the floor, “014” is a storming and repetitive piece for (re)discovering rave monster in yourself, featuring again some atmospheric elements in the back.But the best is yet to come when “015” emerges from the smokescreen and grows into a clattering and pumping cut with […]

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Teersom – Tia/No (Keys Of Life 025 – 2013)

At first glance, “Tia” makes deliberately an odd impression with shaky percussion and electromagnetic disturbance, as of low-end equipment would have been used. But this is just a transient disguise before Teersom’s 12-inch on Sähkö’s sublabel Keys Of Life reveals its very essence and brings deep and fresh sounds to today’s techno. In “Tia” bruised drum set works relentlessly like perpetuum mobile across twelve minutes. Controlled by eroded beats and refracted loops, “Tia” would be a perfect match to “Space Pong” or “Aquatic” by Berlin’s T++. The flipside does not release us from the airtight cylinder either when “No” addresses the floor with […]

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Donor – H9 (SEMANTICA 55 – 2013)

New York’s Donor belongs to the acclaimed players of the global techno scene and after appearances in the first edition of the Nonnative series and a remix for Developer (“Brujas”), the cosmopolitan returns with the first solo EP on Svreca’s label and injects some fresh blood to Semantica.Although Donor’s batch does not contain any peak-hour protein, already the title track “H9” wins hearts and minds. It’s a metronomic stepper crawling out of the fog and thereafter carried towards the horizon by gleaming pads. “Align” would fit to the score of a Shaft remake with funky sequences and fizzy textures reminding […]

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Violetshaped – Violetshaped LP (Violet Poison VPN 001LP – 2013)

Techno fashionistas believe that violet is en vogue this season. Actually the first indication about the trend was seen last year when Violet Poison brought out a selection of Violetshaped remixes by the dark side specialists Vatican Shadow, Roly Porter and Kangding Ray. Original mixes of that release along with the new material are now out on an album encompassing eight cuts on double vinyl.Violetshaped itself is a collaboration of Shapednoise, Berlin’s hardliner at the helm of Repitch Recordings, and of an unknown identified as Violet Poison. Now with percussive and dark “Violetshaped LP” the act has created a monumental piece […]

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Gnod – Presents..Dwellings & Druss (Trensmat Records TR034 – 2013)

Not many people might have heard about Gnod but the group tells us there is life in Manchester after Happy Mondays and Joy Division. So far residing in the alternative and krautrock camp, the collective from UK Northwest now knocks on the door of strobe-lit clubs with a new pulsating LP.Freshly out on the Irish imprint Trensmat, “Presents..Dwellings & Druss” deviates from the classic Madchester sound as it does in relation to the conventional floor fare, still able to address the techno faction. Playing essentially in the same league with Container and Pete Swanson, the group gives us three tracks filled […]

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The 15 Dead Minutes – Scheming Things (Trensmat TR035 – 2013)

Release date is April 2013 Contrary to the assumption that Trensmat is a tribute to Derrick May’s cult label, the Dublin imprint shows rougher face of the electronic music with the debut EP by The 15 Dead Minutes. Scheduled for February 2013, the four-track vinyl with two digital extras is a stimulating shot for the sleepless of the night.The act from the UK fires up the floor with squelching 808 and sturdy bass lines in „The Runway” for a cyborg version of acid house. More juice is squeezed out in “Children of the 303” where the good old silver box […]

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